Fourth annual Winters Salmon Festival first weekend in November

The Winters Salmon Festival will return to Winters for its fourth annual edition on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Salmon are the star of the show at the Second Annual Winters Salmon Festival, planned for Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rotary Park. Photo by Ken W. Davis

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The Winters Salmon Festival, which was inaugurated in 2016 to celebrate the return of salmon in the lower reaches of Putah Creek, will return to Winters for its fourth annual edition in 2019. The event will once again feature family-oriented programs from live music and local food trucks to educational programming and more. The festival is free to the public and will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 from (11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Rotary Park. A key highlight in 2019 is the musical lineup with Muddy Waders at 11:15 a.m., Sourdough Slim at 1 p.m., Red Dog Ash at 2:45 p.m. and Tribal Calling wrapping things up at 4 p.m. with a parade for all festival goes to participate in. Food will be available via a number of local purveyors including Buckhorn Steakhouse and their salmon sliders.  Other highlights to look forward to are the winning works of the local school art contest, which will be displayed inside the Winters Community Center, fly casting lessons and numerous raffle and auction items donated by local artists and businesses.  Individuals who have participated in the education, enhancement and restoration of Putah Creek will be in attendance along with local city officials. The festival is coordinated by the City of Winters, U.S Bureau of Reclamation, Solano County Water Agency, Putah Creek Council, Solano County Parks, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Putah Creek Trout, Solano Irrigation District, local businesses and interested citizens.  About The Winters Salmon Festival Following several years of absence, in December of 2012, fall-run Chinook salmon returned to the lower reaches of Putah Creek where they could be seen spawning from the car bridge and Winters Putah Creek Park. Their return may be attributed to a myriad of initiatives including removal of the Los Rios check dam, increased flows from the Putah Diversion Dam, and enhancement of the riparian and spawning areas within the waters of Putah Creek. Many of these efforts are the work of The City of Winters, Solano County Water Agency, Winters Putah Creek Committee, Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, Putah Creek Council, landowners and many more.  Visit the Winters Salmon Festival at the City of Winters website or Facebook page for additional information.   ]]>

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